Gary Lineker was forced to pull out of BT Sport’s coverage of Manchester City’s 2-1 win away at Paris St-Germain on Wednesday night due to a Covid scare.
Lineker, who presents the broadcaster’s Champions League matches on a weekly basis, was replaced by Jake Humphrey after another member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.
He wrote on Twitter: “Massively disappointed not to be on @btsport tonight for such a great game. A late shout after a positive Covid test to an important member of our team.
“Obeyed our strict social distancing guidelines, but it was decided to be ultra cautious & get tested before returning to work.”
Lineker was unveiled as the face of BT Sport’s Champions League coverage back in 2015, along with a host of top pundits such as Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves.
Details of his salary are undisclosed, although Daily Star Sport understood that upon joining BT Sport he collected a six-figure salary from the company.
That goes with a reported £1.75million salary from the BBC for his work on Match of the Day, which he has presented since 1999.
The former England captain was forced to accept a 23 per cent pay cut with the BBC back in September of last year to stay on as host for another five years, which was confirmed when the broadcaster released its Annual Report.
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BBC Head of TV Sport Philip Bernie said: “Gary is the outstanding football presenter of his time,”
“The BBC is extremely pleased to have him leading our coverage so exceptionally for another five years.”
Following Lineker’s withdrawal from Wednesday’s BT Sport programme, Humphrey said: “We’re very much looking forward to this this evening, however there is no Gary Lineker tonight because unfortunately one of the team from last night has today had a postive Covid test result.
“As a precaution, and despite none of our strict social distancing and safe working guidelines being breached, we have decided that no one from yesterday’s show returns until they’ve been tested and declared completely safe to do so.”
He then joked: “You should’ve seen the look of disappointment on the faces of these three when I walked into the building rather than Gary this evening.”
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